The top officer of the U.S. Army, who’s leaving his post in the coming weeks, said during his exit interview the Middle East tensions and tragedies due to ISIS could very well have been stopped if the United States had only been more engaged.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno has served 39 years in the military – including more time in Iraq than any other general in the U.S. Army – and served as a key player in the surge of the country. Just weeks from retirement, he’s speaking up about the White House’s actions against terrorism – and what he’s saying isn’t complimentary.

“It’s frustrating to watch it,” Odierno said, of the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Fox News reported. “I go back to the work we did in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and we got it to a place that was really good. Violence was low, the economy was growing, politics looked like it was heading in the right direction.”

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